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What can I do with a Communication Studies degree?

Communication Studies majors learn how to be ethical members of their families, workplaces, and communities, as they learn to be effective communicators. Communication skills typically top the list of what hiring employers desire in their new employees, followed by several other qualities which students put into practice in COMN courses: integrity, the ability to relate well to others, analytic abilities, leadership and teamwork skills, and an ability to articulate one's ideas. Thus, Communication Studies majors have the ability to market themselves in nearly any career.

However, a number of occupations attract Communication Studies majors specifically. Some of them include:

Teacher, Clergy
Negotiator, Mediator (domestic or international)
Social Worker, Youth Worker, Counselor, Psychologist    

Lawyer, Legislative Aide, Paralegal, Legal Assistant
Elected Official, Campaign Manager, Speech Writer
Legislative or Political Aide, Lobbyist
Foreign Service Officer, Translator

Writer/Author, Technical Writer, Greeting Card Writer
Publisher, Electronic Publication Specialist
Proofreader, Documentarian, Editorial Assistant

Producer TV, Film, Theater, Script Writer, Actor

Industrial & Labor Relations Specialist, Community Action Director, Advocate/Organizer 

Bank Officer, Stock Broker, Real Estate Agent/Broker, Claims Adjuster/Examiner  
Museum Director, Travel Agent
Hotel, Restaurant, Hospitality Manager
Special Events Coordinator

Manager/Administrator, Credit Manager, Analyst
Corporate Communications Director, Planning Director, Development Officer
Human Resources Administrator/Manager, Personnel Specialist, Health Services Administrator
Training and Development Presenter, Interviewer, Recruiter, Recreation Coordinator
Public Information Officer
Fund Raiser

Public Relations Specialist/Assistant
Advertising Account Executive, Manager, Copywriter

Fashion Merchandiser, Retail Manager, Customer Service Representative, Sales Representative

Television Regulator/Censor
 Sports Promoter/Agent
 News Writer/Editor
 Radio/TV Announcer, Reporter/Journalist, Reader, narrator, TV News Anchor
 Photographer, Photojournalist, Graphic Artist
 Contestant/Guest Coordinator    
PSA (Public Service Announcement) Director, Broadcast Advertising Salesperson Market Research Specialist, Media Buyer, Media Manager, Market Research Analyst 
Print Production Coordinator

How do I declare a major in Communication Studies?

1. Fill out the Application to Declare or Change Major/Minor Form. This form is located on the Academic Advising website under the Forms and Policies tab, located at: http://www.du.edu/registrar/forms/MajorChange.pdf

2. Deliver a hardcopy of the application form to Professor Suter's mailbox in Sturm 200. Professor Suter will review and sign your form. Typically this takes 3 business days.

3. Return to Sturm 200 to pick up your signed major form from Suter's mailbox and deliver to the Registrar.

4. Once your major form is processed, you will receive an email from Paula Martin, welcoming you to the Major and informing you of your assigned advisor for your Communication Studies Major. 

What are the requirements for the Communication Studies major?

The requirements for the major are outlined in the Communication Studies Major Progress Review Form. To access this form, click on the Undergraduate Studies tab. Links to the forms are listed at the bottom.

How do I declare a minor in Communication Studies?

1. Fill out the Application to Declare or Change Major/Minor Form. This form is located on the Academic Advising website under the Forms and Policies tab, located at: http://www.du.edu/registrar/forms/MajorChange.pdf

2. Return the form to the Registrar's office

What are the requirements for the Communication Studies minor?

We have recently revised the COMN minor. Students who declared their minor prior to the 2012-2013 academic year may either complete the old minor requirements or the current minor requirements. Students declaring Fall 2012 and after must complete the current minor requirements. To access both forms, click on the Undergraduate Studies tab. Links to the forms are listed at the bottom.

I am a major. Will I have an advisor?

All majors will be assigned a Communication Studies faculty member as their major advisor.Once major forms are processed, all majors receive an email from Paula Martin, welcoming you to the Major and informing you of your assigned advisor for your Communication Studies Major.

I am a minor. Will I have an advisor?

Minors do not receive advisors. Minors with questions should consult either their academic advisor in their major or the Communication Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies who can be contacted at ugradcomn@du.edu

Can the credits I take during my study abroad experience count toward my major or minor in Communication Studies?

If you are studying abroad and wish to have a course count toward your Communication Studies Major or Minor that you take while you are abroad, you will need to have your courses approved well in advance of your study abroad experience. Note: The Communication Studies department only reviews courses that count toward your Communication Studies Major or Minor. We do not review courses that might count toward other university requirements.

This page contains a brief overview of the process, but you will need to visit the Course Approvals tab on the Study Abroad webpage located at http://www.du.edu/intl/abroad/course_approvals.html to get additional details on this process and the forms mentioned below.

**Please Note: In order to receive credits that count toward your Communication Studies major or minor, you must get your courses approved prior to your study abroad experience.

How to get a class approved for study abroad:

Use the Undergraduate Study Abroad Course Approval Form located under the Course Approvals tab on the Study Abroad webpage. The form is located at http://www.du.edu/intl/abroad/pdf_docs/creditapproval.pdf

  • Identify a course from your abroad university that is similar to the Communication Studies Major or Minor course requirements at the University of Denver.
  • If you think you've found a good match for a DU Communication Studies Major or Minor course requirement, give the following to the Communication Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies (ugradcomn@du.edu):
    • Full course code and titleFull course description or syllabus (If in a language other than English, this must be translated.)
    • The Communication Studies requirement this course might satisfy
    • Your term and year abroad
    • Number of credits that the course would be worth at DU
  • If the Communication Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies approves the class, s/he will either sign your approval form or send you an approval email.
  • Make a copy to save for your records
  • Submit all of your approvals to the Office of International Education (OIE). Emailed approvals should be forwarded to duabroad@du.edu.

Can I transfer credits from another school that count toward my Communication Studies Major/Minor?       

1. If you wish to transfer a course that is listed on this website: http://myweb.du.edu/mdb/du_bwcktart.P_DU_Choose_Geog_Area then fill out the Undergraduate Transfer Approval Form. This form can be accessed on the Office of the Registrar's website under the Transfer Credit tab at: http://www.du.edu/registrar/forms/TransferPetition.pdf. Submit the form to the Office of the Registrar.

2. However, if you wish to transfer a course not listed on this site, identify a course from your previous university that is similar to a Communication Studies course at the University of Denver. Note: The Communication Studies department only reviews courses that count toward your Communication Studies Major or Minor. We do not review courses that might count toward other university requirements.

3. If you think you've found a good match for a DU Communication Studies course, give the following to the Communication Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies (ugradcomn@du.edu):

  1. Full course code and title
  2. Full course description or syllabus (If in a language other than English, this must be translated.)
  3. The Communication Studies requirement this course might satisfy
  4. Your term and year at your previous university
  5. Number of credits that the course would be worth at DU

4. The Communication Studies Department will then review the request to see if it replaces a course taught in the Communication Studies Department.

5. If the Communication Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies approves the class, then fill out the Undergraduate Transfer Approval Form and leave in Professor Suter's mailbox in Sturm 200. Be certain to make a copy to save for your records. Professor Suter will review and sign your form. Typically this takes 3 business days.

6. Return to Sturm 200 to pick up your signed major form from Suter's mailbox and deliver to the Office of the Registrar.

It is important that course you wish to transfer is not a duplicate of previous work at the University of Denver. Additional information about this process can be accessed on the Office of the Registrar's website under the Transfer Credit tab at http://www.du.edu/registrar/ 

I am interested in doing an internship. Do I qualify for Communication Studies credit for an internship and if I qualify, what are the procedures for approval? 

The purpose of completing an internship in Communication Studies is to allow students in senior standing to apply the skills and knowledge they have acquired through their major course of study. Below are a number of criteria that must be met in order to complete an internship.

  • Students interested in completing an internship during their senior year must have at least a 3.5 GPA.
  • Students must identify an internship that is fitting with their coursework and plan of study in the COMN department.
  • Students must identify a faculty member in the COMN department to advise the internship and whose expertise provides relevant knowledge to the purpose of the internship.

In order to be accepted into the internship program, students need to complete an application. To access this form, click on the Undergraduate Studies tab. Links to the forms are listed at the bottom.

Does COMN 1210 check off multiple requirements?    

It depends. There are two answers to this question, depending on when a student started at DU and when they declared Communication Studies.

For students who started prior to Fall 2010 and declared Communication Studies prior to Fall 2010: Students who took SOCS 1210, can count this course toward SOCS or toward the Major/Minor but not for both.  Students needed to complete this course for the Major or Minor, however, it doesn't matter where it counts (i.e., either for SOCS or the Major or Minor) as long as the student completed the course. 

For students who started Fall 2010 or after or declared Communication Studies in Fall 2010 or after: COMN 1210 checks off multiple requirements. For those students, COMN 1210 checks off both a Common Curriculum and a COMN Studies Major/Minor requirement. However, the hours earned for COMN 1210 can only be counted once in the total 183 hours needed for graduation at DU.